An attribute of a good sci-fi story is that it should open new vistas for the imagination while, at the same time, not requiring the reader to put up with the preposterous.
The story gushes that nature rights will restore ancient indigenous wisdom, meaning it will undermine Western civilization.
Imagine a scenario where you don’t know the ancient age of the cosmos, but rather, only that it has an age, whatever that might be.
Professor Flannery discusses the Greek philosopher Anaxagoras (ca. 500-428 B.C.), who was one of the first to articulate an argument for design in nature.
Note that “peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants” is a very broad term that is not limited to human beings. Rather, it includes everything from grass, fish, and insects, to mice, snakes, and people.